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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase

This collection is a hand-picked set of selections from the MS-DOS Software Library of the Internet Archive. They've been chosen because they represent major parts of the MS-DOS story, because they are particularly impressive, and because they're fun. The intention is to eventually link these games to manuals and other materials as time goes on.



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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Interplay Entertainment Corp.
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Developed by Interplay Entertainment Corp. Released 1992 Also For Macintosh Published by Interplay Entertainment Corp. Educational Typing ESRB Rating Kids to Adults Genre Educational Misc Licensed Perspective Side view Description Mario comes to the PC, in the form of a typing tutor. In this product you get to play one of four games, of progressing difficulty (as either Mario, Luigi or the Princess): Mario's Smash & Dash: Assist your character run past a series of boxes and turtles, each...
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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by id Software, Inc.
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eye 61,767
favorite 102
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Developed by id Software, Inc. Released Dec 15, 1991 Platform DOS Published by Apogee Software, Ltd. Official Site Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle Perspective Bird's-eye view, Side view Setting Sci-Fi / Futuristic Genre Action Gameplay Platform Visual 2D scrolling Description Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle is a platform game, the fourth in the Commander Keen series as a whole, and the first in the second series Goodbye, Galaxy . Eight-year-old genius Billy "Commander...
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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by id Software, Inc.
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favorite 68
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Developed by id Software, Inc. Released Dec 14, 1990 Platform DOS Published by Apogee Software, Ltd. Official Site Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars Perspective Side view, Top-down Setting Sci-Fi / Futuristic Genre Action Gameplay Platform Visual 2D scrolling Description Billy "Commander Keen" Blaze, an eight-year-old genius, has flied to Mars in his Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket build out of common household objects. But while Keen was exploring Mars, the alien Vorticons stole vital...
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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Bitmap Brothers, The
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eye 23,202
favorite 37
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Developed by Bitmap Brothers, The Released 1992 Also For Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, Genesis, PC-98, SNES Published by Konami, Inc. Genre Action Setting Classical antiquity, Fantasy Gameplay Platform, Puzzle elements Perspective Side view Visual 2D scrolling Interface Direct Control Description Hercules is aiming to achieve immortality by completing the task the Gods have set him. His task is presented as a platform adventure set in ancient Greece, featuring a variety of enemies...
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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by id Software, Inc.
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eye 19,888
favorite 45
comment 0
Developed by id Software, Inc. Released 1991 Also For Android, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, Windows Published by Softdisk Publishing Perspective Side view Genre Action Gameplay Platform, Shooter Visual 2D scrolling Description Commander Keen: Keen Dreams is a platform game. Its events take place after Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die! but before Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle . Eight-year-old genius Billy "Commander Keen" Blaze, the hero of the universe, the saver of...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Interplay Productions, Inc.
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eye 16,560
favorite 37
comment 2
Developed by Interplay Productions, Inc. Released 1988 Also For Apple II, Commodore 64, Linux, Macintosh, Windows Published by Electronic Arts, Inc. Perspective 1st-person, Top-down Pacing Turn-based Genre Role-Playing (RPG) Setting Post-Apocalyptic Visual 2D scrolling Description Wasteland takes place in the future after the nuclear holocaust of World War III. The player guides band of Desert Rangers from town to town, gradually uncovering a sinister plot that threatens what's left of mankind....
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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by id Software, Inc.
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eye 10,909
favorite 43
comment 0
Developed by id Software, Inc. Released Dec 14, 1990 Platform DOS Published by Apogee Software, Ltd. Perspective Side view, Top-down Setting Sci-Fi / Futuristic Genre Action Gameplay Platform Visual 2D scrolling Description Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes is the second game in the first trilogy of Commander Keen platform games, called Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons . In this episode a Vorticon Mothership is poised above Earth, preparing to destroy the planet with their deadly...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
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eye 9,440
favorite 23
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Platform DOS Released 1984 Pacing Real-Time Genre Action, Adventure Setting Fantasy Gameplay Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure, Puzzle elements Perspective Top-down Interface Direct Control, Text Parser Description This game is like a cross between a Kroz game and a text adventure -- the player moves through a castle using the arrow keys, picking up equipment and battling monsters in real-time along the way; however, at any time, it is also possible to type simple commands into the game's...
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Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Legend Entertainment Company
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eye 8,687
favorite 24
comment 0
Developed by Legend Entertainment Company Released 1990 Platform DOS Published by Legend Entertainment Company Gameplay Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure, Puzzle elements Genre Adventure Setting Fantasy Narrative Adult, Comedy Description Ernie Eaglebeak is a young lad living with his cruel stepfather Joey Rottenwood, who keeps him locked up in the attic. Ernie is secretly in love with his neighbor Lola Tigerbelly, a young woman definitely out of his league. Things take a turn for the better...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Legend Entertainment Company
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eye 6,382
favorite 10
comment 0
Published by Legend Entertainment Company Developed by Legend Entertainment Company Released 1992 Platform DOS Genre Adventure Theme Interactive Fiction with Graphics, Puzzle-Solving Description It's spring break time for the students of the Sorcerer University! Ernie Eaglebeak and his friends from the Hu Delta Phart fraternity load their flying carpet with booze and sun lotion, and head to a beach resort. However, there they encounter students from a rival college, more specifically the Getta...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Delphine Software International
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eye 5,773
favorite 14
comment 0
Developed by Delphine Software International Released 1991 Also For Amiga, Atari ST Published by Interplay Entertainment Corp. Official Site Cruise for a Corpse Genre Adventure Gameplay Graphic Adventure, Puzzle elements Perspective Side view Visual 2D scrolling Interface Point and Select Narrative Detective / Mystery Description 1927. When Inspector Raoul Dusentier is invited to a cruise upon a mighty sailing ship by the wealthy businessman Niklos Karaboudjan, he looks forward to nothing but a...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by IBM
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eye 5,340
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Developed by IBM Released 1983 Platform DOS Published by IBM Educational Math / Logic Perspective 1st-person Genre Educational Description In Adventures in Math the player takes the role of a treasure hunter who explores a castle. The goal of the game is to find the exit while earning as much points as possible. Points are rewarded for picking locks and finding treasures. To achieve these tasks the player has to solve mathematical riddles while using the four basic arithmetic operations. The...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Legend Entertainment Company
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eye 5,265
favorite 10
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Developed by Legend Entertainment Company Released 1993 Also For Linux, Macintosh, Windows Published by Legend Entertainment Company ESRB Rating Mature Narrative Comedy Genre Adventure Setting Fantasy Gameplay Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure Description An ancient prophecy states that King Fudd the Bewildered will die peacefully, his daughter accompanying him during his last hour. However, Princess Lorealle the Worthy mysteriously disappears, abducted by her stepmother Morgana, who intends...
( 1 reviews )
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by Ebenel Enterprises
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eye 2,647
favorite 4
comment 0
Developed by Ebenel Enterprises Released 1983 Platform DOS Published by Advanced Computer Products Perspective Side view Genre Action Gameplay Fighting, Martial Arts Description Setting an early example for the Eastern martial arts motif in fighting games, Bushido: the Way of the Warrior tests your bare-handed combat skills against a feudal Japanese backdrop. The action takes you through a series of themed locations (the courtyard, the dojo, and the cellar) guarded by a multitude of Samurai...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
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eye 2,361
favorite 4
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Released 1981 Also For Commodore PET/CBM, Exidy Sorcerer, TRS-80, Windows Published by International PC Owners Perspective Text-based / Spreadsheet Pacing Turn-based Interface Text Parser Genre Role-Playing (RPG) Setting Fantasy Description A long time ago, the great wizard Zot forged an orb of power. He soon vanished, leaving behind a vast castle filled with monsters, traps, and great treasures including the orb of power. The player takes the role of a bold adventurer in search of the orb of...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by IBM
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eye 1,730
favorite 1
comment 0
Developed by IBM Released 1984 Platform PC Booter Published by IBM Gameplay Interactive Fiction / Text Adventure Pacing Real-Time Genre Adventure Setting Fantasy Description A young man named Zyll, who lived in the Land of Magic and Enchantment, tried to become a black mage, with the intent of conquering and ruling the entire realm. However, he was banished before he could realize his plans. Determined to have his revenge, Zyll took possession of the Black Orb, an ancient artifact of immense...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
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Platform DOS Released Sep 22, 1984 Perspective Top-down Pacing Real-Time, Turn-based Genre Role-Playing (RPG) Setting Fantasy Description Caverns of Zoarre is a dungeon crawl role-playing game similar to Telengard . You may choose to be either a fighter or a sorcerer as you explore the multi-leveled caverns for gold and treasures. Your view of the maze like caverns is top down, and only the area near you is visible. Throughout the caverns are many different types of enemies you'll encounter;...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
by MOPS Computer Systems, Inc.
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eye 1,204
favorite 1
comment 0
Developed by MOPS Computer Systems, Inc. Released 1983 Platform DOS Gameplay Arcade Genre Action Description Why did the chicken cross the road? I still don't know, but you'd better find out if you want to play this game, because that's all you'll be doing in this clone of Frogger . From Mobygames.com. Original Entry